Tom Holland has big shoes to fill as he steps into the latest iteration of the Spider-Man role. He’s the third actor, following Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, to take up the mantle of the webslinger in the last 15 years. It must be a daunting task, one that probably wasn’t made any better by immediate online criticism once he’d been cast. However, audiences have seen him in action in recent Captain America: Civil War trailers, and according to early impressions of the film, he’s the highlight.
To make the task even more alarming, he has to follow behind two actors universally loved by fans. Realizing this, Holland has spoke of how important it was to differentiate between what his Spidey brings to the MCU as opposed to what’s been accomplished in the past. In an interview with HeyUGuys at the Civil War’s European premiere, the young actor explained, “It was pretty daunting at first, I’m not gonna lie.” He continued, noting how his Spider-Man will react to meeting the Avengers much like a kid would.
“It was very difficult to not obviously copy what Andrew and Tobey had done because because what they did was so brilliant. I think our main difference is trying to make Peter feel like a kid, and in the film you see a kid reacting to meeting the Avengers for the first time. I think that’s one of the things people love about these films, is seeing real life occurrences happen in these crazy films, and that’s exactly what happens to Peter in his house.”
As mentioned above, if the reviews are to be believed, Holland has nothing to worry about. It sounds like he stole the show. Once Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, the wait will officially begin for Spider-Man’s first solo film as an MCU character.
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